Buggy-friendly parkrun – Bere Island

Bere Island parkrun

Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)

Buggy Friendly rating: 9/10

Scenery: 10/10

Course:

The stunning course is all on tarmac and starts with a 400m hill, this can be quite hard to start with, especially when pushing the buggy, but it is the hardest part of the run so it’s nice to have it over and done with at the beginning. There is quite a steep hill towards the end near the post office but it is fairly short.

The scenery is just beautiful the whole way around – you can take in the views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Lonehort Viking Harbour and pass the military fort which was built in 1898. It is so hard on such beautiful runs like these to resist the urges to stop many times to keep taking photos, especially on a sunny day. 

Facilties, cafes and playgrounds:

Bere Island parkrun was one of our favourite runs. Getting the ferry and the bus to and from the start was just another adventure for the kids and we used the time to enjoy the chats with some of the locals and other parkrun tourists. They hold the post run coffee and tea in the local cafe where you can enjoy a nice scone and coffee with all the other parkrunners.

We took the ferry from Castletownbere and arrived a little before 9am to get everything sorted – you will need cash for the ferry and bus fare too. There are toilets and dressing rooms at the start/finish of the run. 

Overall:

If you can get to this part of Ireland that I would absolutely 100% recommend this parkrun. The camaraderie, location and views make this one not to miss! 

Buggy-friendly walks Longford – Ballymahon

Location: Newcastle Wood, Ballymahon Longford

Path:   Access for All walk, the River Inny Walk and the Newcastle woodland looped walk

Parking: Car park

Facilities:   Picnic site

Features: Diversity of trees

Thank you so much to @rookesnest for contacting us through Instagram and sharing this walk.

Discover more family-friendly walks in Longford here.

Buggy-friendly walks Sligo – Sligo IT

Location: Institute of Technology, Ash Lane, Sligo town

Path: A mixture of a gravel path (ideal for buggies and bikes not scooters) and tarmac, runs past pitches and running track Continue reading

Buggy-friendly walks Wexford – New Ross

Location: JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum, New Ross, Wexford

Parking: Car park on site

Path: Suitable for buggies – forest trails and accessible paths Continue reading

Buggy-friendly parkrun Cork – Glengarriff

Glengarriff  parkrun

Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)

Buggy friendly rating: 5/10

Scenery: 9/10

Course:

This is certainly the most difficult buggy parkrun I have done to date, it is also one of the most beautiful ones I have done too! The course is two loops with the first being through the woods on trails, over tree roots and stones – you definitely need an off-road buggy if you want to run (or walk) this part! Once you’ve finished with the first loop, you then continue past the start of the run and onto the second loop which is on tarmac roads. People may warn you about the big hill at the end of the route without mentioning that the whole of the second loop is undulating with lots of small hills throughout. This is okay for the average runner but when you’ve got a buggy to push, you feel every hill no matter how big or small.

Facilties, cafes and playgrounds:

As the parkrun itself is in the Glengarriff Nature Reserve there are many more routes to explore. We took the short drive to the main playground in Glengarriff and it was perfect for the smallies. There is also a fairy trail from the playground which is worth exploring if the legs aren’t too sore too. Although there are many places to eat in Glengarriff and the town is lovely, we were recommended cafe Organico in Bantry as it has a small children’s play area – it didn’t take us much convincing to go there for brunch and the food & coffee was great too!

There are no toilets near the parkrun start unfortunately but there is parking.

Overall:

Definitely one to do if you want a challenge. A beautiful course in a beautiful part of Ireland.

Buggy-friendly parkrun Limerick – Newcastlewest

Newcastlewest

Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)

Buggy friendly rating: 9.5/10

Scenery: 8/10

Course:

This is a really nice run! It’s three loops – with the first being slightly longer than the last two – all on tarmac paths. It’s through shaded woodland and has a slight hill at the end of each loop. Numbers are small so although the path is narrow, passing generally isn’t a problem.

Facilities cafes and playgrounds: 

There is a car park at the start but no toilets unfortunately. The nearest ones are at Aldi which is only a 5 min walk away. There is a big playground just at the entrance of The Demense so only a short walk from the parkrun with parking opposite as well, however there are more areas of The Demense worth exploring on bikes/scooter for the kids too. We didn’t get the chance to eat in Newcastle West but I have been told that Marguerite’s Bakery Cafe in the main town square is lovely with plenty of choice and plenty of seating.

Overall:

A really enjoyable run! Although it’s a three lap course, it doesn’t feel it.

Buggy-friendly parkrun Cork – Clonakilty

Clonakilty parkrun

Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)

Buggy Friendly rating: 9/10

Scenery: 5/10

Course:

Clonakilty parkrun is four laps around The Showgrounds on hardcore paving surfaced with rolled gravel. It is suitable for most buggies and although the path isn’t very wide (3m) it isn’t a busy parkrun at all so there is plenty of opportunity to overtake if need be. There is a slight hill at the beginning of the loop which will obviously need to be run 4 times. There is parking just outside the grounds and a toilet onsite too.

Facilities, cafes and playgrounds:

There is a playground located just a two minute drive from the parkrun where there is more parking. We ate at the Fig & Olive Cafe near the Supervalu which I can highly recommend especially when it is warm enough to eat outside as there is a playhouse filled with toys to keep the kids occupied. They also have a few toys around where the cutlery is for the kids to play with so don’t miss those. If you do go to Clonakilty for whatever reason do try to get to the main Supervalu. It is fantastic as far as supermarkets go!

The model railway is a good place to take the little ones for a few hours too – they have a train that takes a tour around the town and the town centre is within walking distance, though you might not be up to it after the parkrun!

Overall:

If you’re looking for a PB this could be a good course for you – it is relatively flat and with it being four loops you can pace yourself well. There isn’t much to offer in terms of scenery, however Clonakilty is a lovely town to spend the day!

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